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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 5.4

The Books Send a Message, People! edition

A study finds ridiculous gender inequality in children’s books. “The findings, published in the April issue of Gender & Society, are based on a study of nearly 6,000 books published from 1900 to 2000. While previous studies have looked at the representation of male and female characters in children’s books, they were often limited in scope. ‘We looked at a full century of books,’ says lead author Prof. Janice McCabe, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Florida State University. ‘One thing that surprised us is that females’ representations did not consistently improve from 1900 to 2000; in the mid part of the century it was actually more unequal. Books became more male-dominated.’” (via Physorg.com)

Are you good with video stuff? Do you think the brain is super cool? Then maybe you would be interested in entering the Brain Awareness Video Contest. (via Punctuated Equilibrium)

On the lack of female science presenters at the BBC. (via The Guardian)

American Muslims react to Osama bin Laden’s death. (via NPR)

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